What is obesity?

Obesity is a treatable illness.
There is not one single solution to manage the treatment of the disease.
Every patient is individual, as will be their symptoms and treatments

While exercise and dieting are important in all forms of healthcare they will not necessarily be the only solution for every patient.

Weight management treatments require multiple options which may include diet, exercise, change in lifestyle, counseling and an ongoing regime of appetite suppressant medicines to lose weight and to maintain the loss.


What are the guidelines to determine obesity

The guidelines should be the patients BMI factor*; waist measurement and level of Cholesterol.

* The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE), established the Body Mass Index (BMI), of 27 Kg /MtrĀ² with co morbidity factors and 30 kg / MtrĀ² as normal standards.


What are co morbidity factors?

These refer to secondary illnesses caused by obesity. Without the proper treatment obese patients stand the risk of; diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, sleep apnoea, osteoarthritis, dyslipidaemia and certain cancers.


What are weight management loss medicines?

There are three types of main medicines with additional drugs which might be used in treatments.

  1. Drugs that effect absorption  Orlistat
  2. Drugs that suppress appetite - Phentermine, Diethylpropion
  3. Bulking agents

Other medicines will include

   a. Anti depressants
   b. Anti insulin


How safe are slimming medicines?

They are licensed by the MCA and have been approved for safety and efficacy and many of them have been used for many decades

There is no place in obesity management for
the use of unapproved drug cocktails

 
The Dangers when buying prescription drugs on the internet

In recent times it has become possible to purchase a wide range of prescription drugs, including appetite suppressants, on the internet.

This is a dangerous practice which is out of the control of qualified doctors and the Medicines Control Agency and should not be considered.

The use of prescribed drugs without proper medical supervision could endanger the life of the individual.

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